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On Mondays and Wednesdays I have a 45 minute break between two of my classes. Perfect for catching up on my reading. Typically I have about 5 books per class to read each semester. This semester, however, I have twice that much due to my literature class. I feel like I’m reading every single second that I can throughout the day. And can I tell you?? I’m really enjoying it.

I should have taken 20 credit hours every semester because it does something to me. It lights this amazing fire of ambition under my butt. I realize that in order to stay alive, I have to stay ahead- not just on top of everything. Something about that sense of urgency really pushes me to work hard.

In truth, I’m really having fun with all these classes. I’m enjoying the reading and I’m enjoying the work. I can’t think of a better way to make my exit from the University.

On top of that, married life is so awesome. It really, really is. I think we’re really doing well in figuring things out, making decisions together and talking to each other. It’s so nice to have an equal partner in my husband and Andy is a pretty damn great husband.  I find that I love him more and more every day, if that’s even possible.

Anyway, enough rambling. I should have been reading about the Kiev Empire but instead it’s now time to head to History of Modern Art. (Personally ancient art is cooler but modern art is a good class too.)

xoxo-Kimberly

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Friday

Friday evening Andy and I went down to Salt Lake to check out a truck for sale. Sadly someone beat us to the punch and bought it before we could even test drive it. But we still managed to make the trip worthwhile by having dinner at Market Street Grill.

Appetizer: Crab Cakes (A+)

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Main Entrees & Sides: I had Atlantic Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce (A) with Clam Chowder (A).

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Andy ordered the Alaskan Halibut Oscar served with Bearnais Sauce and Asparagus (A-) and a Spinach Salad (A).

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We always like to order different things so that we can trade or share half way through. The meal was so yummy and we can’t wait until the next time we get to go back there.

Oh and I’m sorry. I really need to stop taking crappy camera phone pictures.

xoxo-Kimberly

Perfect Place

Andy stained our wedding arbor the other night and put it in the garden. I thought I’d share some pictures of how it looks out there. Please ignore all the weeds- we’re working on it. A reminder of how it looked at our wedding:
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And now how it looks as a permanent addition to our home garden:

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We’re still debating whether to grow a vine on it or just frame it with sunflowers and other flowers.

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We really love the way that it turned out. It looks absolutely beautiful out there and will continue to look prettier as we add more to the landscaping in the yard. It’s definitely a work in progress and a labor of love.

xoxo-Kimberly

just like oops

RED- As in the color of my cheeks this morning when I walked into class fifteen minutes late. Why was I late? Because I actually forgot that I had that particular class at that particular time. When I finally realized that I was supposed to be there, I was already clear across campus and had to turn around and go back. Not my finest moment.

What can I say? I’m still getting used to this new schedule and I have about a million things on my mind. Like the four terms papers I already know I have to write and the 29 books I have to read for one of my classes. Yikes! (Each book is only around 200 pages, but still- that’s a lot of reading for one class!)

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1. via mooreaseal
2. via this is glamorous
3. via anthropologie
4. via dottie angel

Anywho, I’m back on track now and in the right place, so hopefully I can keep it together from here on out. Sigh!

xoxo-Kimberly

Make Ahead Meals

This Saturday my mom and sister, Jen came over to help me make a whole bunch of dinners to put in the freezer. I already knew that this would be a busy semester so I have been trying to think of things that I can do to lighten my load. One of the hardest things to do is figure out what we’re going to eat for dinner after I’ve had a long and exhausting day at school and work.

My mom used to make freezer meals for an entire month at a time. She would put a calendar on the fridge that would list what dinner was planned for each day. The meals for the week would get moved to the fridge at the beginning of the week to thaw. Sometimes there was some final prep work to be done when you got home and then you’d heat and eat. Very quick and didn’t require you to do much thinking or decision making after that long day.

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My make ahead meal plan also included some treats, so there would always be something to snack on as well.

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I plan to add more, but this was just a test run since I’d never done it before.

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We did all the chopping of veggies, baking & shredding of chicken, browning of hamburger and then we assembled all the meals, put them in containers or baggies and labeled them.

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I then put together a weekly menu plan that includes instructions on how to heat or put the meal together each evening.

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I hung that on the fridge so that Andy can get dinner together on those nights when I have to stay late at work or have a night class.

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Chicken Fajitas
Hamburger Vegetable Soup (2 dinners worth)
Stir Fry Mix
Baked Ziti (2 dinners worth)
Tater Tot Casserole
Corn Chowder (2 dinners worth)
Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Cornbread Muffins
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Chili (2 dinners worth)
Chicken Noodle Soup (2 dinners worth)
Hamburger Gravy to be served over mashed potatoes
Pumpkin Cookies
Lemon Bars
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
Cinnamon Puff Pastries

We have a freezer in our garage and it’s now entirely filled with these freezers meals- enough to last us the entire month and maybe even longer.

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When I planned my meals for the month of September I figured in one night a week for a Date Night/Take Out and two nights a week for eating leftovers. I also planned some nights where we would have something ‘easy’ like pancakes or grilled cheese.

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I’m excited to serve my first make ahead dinner tonight (fajitas) and let you know how it goes! If all goes well and this does actually eliminate some stress for me, then I’ll do it again next month!

xoxo-Kimberly

just what I needed

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I feel so refreshed. I had the most wonderful lunch with my friends Jill and Jacqlin over at Jill’s house. Jill cooked for us with veggies from her impressive garden. We ate on the patio and we played with her cute little girls. It just felt so good to laugh and gossip and laugh some more.

I left feeling inspired to do more with our garden and experiment more with the meals I cook. I also left feeling happy, smiley, and energized. And I also left feeling thankful because the invitation of lunch with the girls was exactly what I needed and right when I needed it.

So thanks ladies. I feel grateful that I met you both and that we became friends so quickly.

xoxo-Kimberly

making it

I have nothing creative to share with you today. Although I will show you pictures of my new glasses.

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Anyway, I have ten minutes before I need to clock in to work and I’m just sitting here trying to make a mental list of all the things I need to do today. But all I can really do is just reflect on the last couple of weeks. Sometimes life is just hard to deal with, you know? Sometimes it all seems to pile up at once. One thing I’m grateful for is the nice things that have been mixed in with the shitty stuff. They help to remind me that it’s all good- sometimes it’s just hard and you’ve just got to learn to deal with it.

One of those nice times came the other night as Andy and I sat across from each other at Wingers. We really didn’t have time to go out to dinner. There was homework to be done and housework to be done. But we both just said “F– it. We’re going out.” I think we were both just spent. It had been such a long, stressful couple of weeks and all we could hope for was to get over the hump soon. So we didn’t talk about any of that crap. We just ate our popcorn and sticky fingers and talked about nothing that mattered at all. And it felt good.

Sometimes just saying “F– it” and letting yourself enjoy an hour at Winger’s is all you need to be able to get up the next morning and keep clawing your way through all that other crap.

monsters eat books-DIY

I just wanted to share with you this cute DIY of monster page holders. If you read as much as I do, you may want to make some of your own!

As a side note, I’ve been pinning today and wanted to share two of my favorite For The Kitchen Crush pins that I found:

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Lovely, aren’t they? BTW- if you haven’t started pinning yet, what are you waiting for? I love the inspiration and creativity that is shared over there at Pinterest. You must get in on the action!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I made zucchini bread yesterday and will make some more today. What about you?

xoxo-Kimberly

Goings on

My thoughts have been with my BFF, Heather, this week. I wish I could be there with her. Worrying about her and lots of other things have made this a rather sad week. So, I’ve really been looking forward to a chill weekend and some more good news from her and Joe about baby Russell.

Andy is up to his eyeballs in homework which all has to be in by Monday. And me? For once I have absolutely nothing that I have to do. This is the problem with Andy and I having semester schedules that overlap each other. Mine ended two weeks ago and just as I’m starting fall classes, he’ll be finishing up summer classes and taking a much needed break. We never get to break at the same time. So today while Andy is doing homework, I’ll be bored. Oh sure, there are a lot of things I could do- clean the house, mow the lawn, do the laundry- but who wants to do those things? Oh well, someday there will be summers without homework.

We at least got to enjoy breakfast together on the deck this morning.

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And last night I made lasagna and Andy took a break from homework to watch a movie with me which was super awesome.

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Henry has been quite the show off lately.

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And Mauney helped me organize my shoes the other day.

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Yeah, I know. It’s insane.

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Anyone need some shoes? Because I have plenty to spare. I’m serious. Have some.

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That’s about it for now. Next weekend I’m going to my mom’s for a cooking extravaganza. I asked her to help me do some freezer meals for the month of September. I’m anticipating not even having time to breath- let alone cook dinner, so hopefully this will help. I’m actually excited though. I’ll be taking History of Russia, Children’s Literature, Public History, History of Modern Art, History of the Middle Ages, and History of Art & Architecture of China. It’s going to be sweet and sucky all at the same time.

I think it’s time I go enjoy the last bit of summer vacation I have.

xoxo-Kimberly